Bhubaneswar: India will face South Africa in the final of the FIH Series hockey tournament in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.
Earlier on Friday, India outplayed reigning Asian Games champion Japan 7-2 to storm into final, assuring themselves a place in the Olympic Qualifiers to be held in October-November this year.
Ramandeep Singh (23rd, 37th minutes), Harmanpreet Singh (7th), Varun Kumar (14th), Hardik Singh (25th), Gursahibjit Singh (43rd) and Vivek Sagar Prasad (47) scored for India. Japan’s goals were scored by Kenji Kitazato (2nd) and Kota Watanabe (20th).
Japan will now square off against USA in the third-fourth place play-off match. South Africa had earlier defeated USA 2-1 in the first semi-final.